The European-American Cultural Foundation works to strengthen cultural bonds and collaboration between the European Union and EU Member States with the United States, reflective of their profound historical relationship and affinity.
Douglas W. Charnas is a Washington, D.C. lawyer who has represented non-profit organizations since 1984, when he left the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service to enter private practice. He worked closely with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in the conception and formation of the European-American Cultural Foundation, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors and is its Secretary/Treasurer.
Mr. Charnas serves as a director and officer of other non-profit organizations, include S&R Foundation (director and secretary/treasurer) and the J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court (secretary/treasurer). He is a former member of the Board of Visitors of the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College and a former regional vice president of alumni affairs of Case Western Reserve Law School. He teaches at Georgetown Law Center where he has been an adjunct professor for more than twenty years.
The Hon. Bart Gordon joined the law firm of K&L Gates, as partner in the Washington, D.C. office, after 26 years representing the state of Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives. During his Congressional tenure, Mr. Gordon served from 2007-2010 as Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, and was also a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Additionally, Mr. Gordon served on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Rules, Transatlantic Parliamentary Dialogue, and NATO Parliamentary Assembly. During his distinguished congressional career, Mr. Gordon developed a reputation as an undisputed bipartisan leader in innovation policy in the U.S. Congress, championing such influential legislative initiatives as the America COMPETES Act; the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act; and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Mr. Gordon is a Distinguished Fellow on the Council on Competence and was appointed by President Obama to the Blue Ribbon Panel of the Antarctica and Southern Oceans. He is a member of the Brookings Leadership Advisory Board; a project member for the American Academy of Art and Science's New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy; and a Board Member of the U.S Association of Former
Members of Congress.
Kimberley Heatherington began her career in the performing arts with an internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, after which she assumed an administrative position in the Center’s Public Affairs Department. She later transitioned into a role that encompassed various community outreach initiatives, including support of the Kennedy Center Community and Friends Board, as well as program coordination for the National Symphony Orchestra’s “NSO In Your Neighborhood” program.
Following her tenure at the Kennedy Center, Ms. Heatherington was appointed Public Relations Manager at Music Educator’s National Conference (now the National Association for Music Education), which is among the world’s largest arts education associations. Ms. Heatherington later worked as a media relations and editorial/publishing consultant, aiding clients including a nationally syndicated columnist and various nonprofit organizations.
She was also the Administrative Director and Executive Director of Washington Concert Opera, an internally recognized company that has featured such notable artists as Renée Fleming and Deborah Voigt.
As a journalist for two national Catholic newspapers, Ms. Heatherington reported on a variety of national and international topics, and was credentialed to cover Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 apostolic visit to America.
Ms. Heatherington has served as a volunteer grant reviewer for the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In her most recent post, Ms. Heatherington acted as Director of Operations and Development for the French-American Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultural exchange between France and America.